The European Tour’s innovative GolfSixes event will enter a new era in 2019 when it moves to continental Europe for the first time, with the Municipality of Cascais and the spectacular Oitavos Dunes in Portugal set to host GolfSixes, Cascais from June 7-8.
The idyllic Portuguese region of Cascais will play host to the third edition of an event which has captured the imagination of the golfing world with its unique format, following two hugely successful editions at the Centurion Club in St Albans, England.
It will be the first time the tournament will be held outside of the United Kingdom, and is being hosted in partnership with the Municipality of Cascais and Event/Media agency U.COM – which stages the annual Millennium Estoril Open, an ATP Tennis Championship, in the same region.
The two-day event features 16 teams of 2 players representing their home nations pitting 12 two-man teams of European Tour players alongside 4 ‘Wildcard Teams’ – featuring stars of male and female golf in a unique fast paced 6-hole format playing for €1m prize fund. The teams are split into 4 groups of 4 each competing against each other on day one in a football style format with the top two teams in each group qualifying to the quarter finals, semi-final and final on day 2.
The GolfSixes format has not only proven a huge success on the European Tour – with The 2018 Ryder Cup also featuring the concept as part of its build-up at Le Golf National – but it has also been adopted across the grassroots of golf in Europe.
The exciting two-day tournament will also be played over a Friday and Saturday for the first time. With the UEFA Nations League Final and Third-place play-off taking place in Portugal on Sunday June 9, an exciting weekend is in store for Portuguese sports fans and tourists alike.
GolfSixes is a revolutionary new short form of golf. It follows an exciting team match play format over two days, instead of the traditional four-day, 72-hole stroke play.
Golf Sixes is a new, faster form of Golf.
16 competing teams from nations around the world will compete over 2 days to become Golf Sixes champions. Each team will comprise of two players. Unlike other golf tournament on the European Tour, this event will incorporate both men’s and women’s teams.
To start with teams will be split into 4 groups of 4 teams where they will play head to head matches with the teams in their group. The Friday matches will be played in a greensomes matchplay format meaning players will select the best tee shot from their group and play alternate shots thereafter. A team will get 1 point for winning a match and a half point for drawing while a losing team will receive no points. The two teams with the most points after the group stage will progress to the knockout stages.
The quarter finals, semi-finals, 3rd and 4th play-off matches as well as the final will all take place on the Saturday and will see a team crowned as the Golf Sixes champions. The prize fund for the tournament will be €1,000,000 with the winning team getting to share €100,000.